Nutrition Needs Assessment Guidance

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Nutrition Needs Assessment
Guidance for R4V Nutrition sector partners and R4V platforms

The present document aims to provide guidance to R4V nutrition sector partners and R4V platforms to conduct a needs assessment focused on Nutrition, especially during the Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) exercises. It is meant to be adapted and translated according to the needs of the country and the context.

It contains guidance to obtain nutrition data from:
• secondary data collection
• primary data collection
o household surveys
o qualitative methods (focus group discussions, interviews)

This guidance should be considered a “living tool” that aims to be updated, further developed, and overall improved with comments and suggestions of their users. Please do not hesitate to contact the Regional R4V Nutrition Sector to provide feedback and for questions:

Important note:
The assessment described in this guidance does not include anthropometric assessments/surveys to identify malnutrition (acute malnutrition/wasting, stunting, anaemia. Such surveys demand a significant time and resource commitment. This type of in-depth nutrition assessments generally use the SMART methodology approach and quality standards or other. For more information and guidance to conduct this kind of surveys, you can contact the Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance:



  • Nutrition
  • Regional
  • Central America and Mexico
  • Panama
  • Costa Rica
  • México
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Antioquia
  • Urabá
  • Arauca
  • Bogotá y Región
  • Cesar
  • Costa Caribe
  • La Guajira
  • Nariño
  • Norte de Santander
  • Santander
  • Valle del Cauca
  • Southern Cone
  • Argentina
  • Paraguay
  • Bolivia
  • Uruguay
  • Ecuador
  • Ambato
  • Cuenca
  • Esmeraldas
  • Guayaquil
  • Huaquillas
  • Ibarra
  • Lago Agrio
  • Manta
  • Quito
  • Tulcán
  • Peru
  • Arequipa
  • Tacna
  • Tumbes
  • Caribbean
  • Aruba
  • Guyana
  • Curaçao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Training Material
08 April 23
07 April 23
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